Subject: Flying Insect Identification
Geographic location of the bug: Mercer Island, WA
Time: 04:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi
I don’t know if the pictured bug from my patio is a flying termite or flying ant. Please help with id. Thanks
How you want your letter signed: Victor
With both Ants and Termites, only the reproductive kings and queens have wings which they lose shortly after mating during a nuptial flight. Workers are wingless. This is a Termite alate, the term used for winged reproductive ants and termites both. We believe it is a Pacific Dampwood Termite which is pictured on BugGuide. This is not a species that is considered to be destructive when it comes to homes.